Imet Kevin Mitnick for the first time in , during the filming of a Discovery Channel Kevin put me in touch with the agent who books his speeches. She. Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most wanted computer hacker, managed to hack into some of the country’s most powerful – and seemingly impenetrable – agencies. The world’s most famous hacker discusses his new book, his exploits, his imprisonment and his success. Meet the Ghost in the Wires, Kevin.
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I’m still a hacker. No matter who you are, you will walk away from this book marveling at the extent wiges Mitnick’s escapades to give just one example: There’s even a chapter entitled “I’m a scapegoat”, which, if you can elicit any empathy for his victims, makes it all the more galling that he categorically rejects that anyone could have been hurt by this con artist.
I believe that the lack of these qualities renders him incapable of writing a book this interesting, so the book’s success is due to Simon.
Mitnick seems to blame everyone but himself most of the time for having the unmitigated gall to trust him through his so called “Social Engineering,” which he both repeatedly relies on and harshly criticizes his marks for falling for. Reveries of the Connected World Himself. The audio narrator Ray Porter did an OK job. Mitnick shows no evidence of ever having read a book for the sheer joy of it, nor even writing a letter or a note on a refrigerator without the intention of deceiving someone.
Customers pull up to the drive-through box to place an order and instead of hearing the employee inside, they hear your greeting. He is convinced ghoet what he does is completely harmless. Here’s another number, what about now?
It’s strip malls, Kinko’s and Sizzler rather than Corsica and Durban. I feel like I learnt something from reading this book and enjoyed being out of my comfort zone. Infomercial for LifeLock, identity security system.
Executive needs the system up for an big client meeting. He is clearly impressed with himself and wants the reader to be too, but then paints himself as this naif at times who is falling prey to untrustworthy and disloyal “friends” I don’t know of any secure OS.
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Ghost in the Wires: The Kevin Mitnick Interview
He also has a highly annoying penchant for including what seems to be every last goshdarn phone number he has ever dialed. Clever clogs Mitnick likes to dress his manipulation, deceit, guile and lying to people under the guise hhost the term “social engineering”.
While I found his selfishness detestable, I did appreciate his skills and kegin ability to thumb his nose at authority. He is desperate to reassure us that he is not the bad guy, repeating ad nauseam that he never used his information for monetary gain.
Which, in an era where I can make free video calls to other continents with Skype, is simply not compelling literature.
The least of my complaints is that this guy, for all his alleged genius qualities, isn’t a good writer. I had high hopes about this book, especially since I read Takedown by Shimomura and Markoff a few years ago a couple of times. What was your motivation for hacking into phone systems and computer systems?
The hacker will then send an email with malicious code attached to deliver a payload that gets the hacker inside the company’s network. The autobiography of Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most wanted hacker. CenturyLink outage takes down several emergency services across the US Downtime caused by network issue hgost 15 of CenturyLink’s data centers. The way Mitnick got access to almost every single system he hacked was by conning a person into giving him access directly or information that would then get him access.
It’s breathtaking, really, the audacity of the impersonation he did.
Once the actual novel started, there wasn’t another paragraph nearly as interesting as the prologue. The stories are fun but too much of the text fails: But, to law enforcement, including the FBI, he was just that.
However, his reputation was getting him pinned for crimes he didn’t commit. KM speaks kindly of people only when they are useful to him; everyone else earns his ghot.
Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick
I interviewed Kevin just a few days after his appearance on The Colbert Report and we had a good time trading hacking stories, discussing his new book and talking guost security issues facing individuals and companies. Now a security consultant, he has spoken to audiences at conventions around the world, been on dozens of major national TV and radio shows, and even testified in front of Congress. But you really want to see how he gets away with mitjick next hack, the next escape, the next confidence-gaming of some poor sap whose only fault is the impulse to be kind to strangers.
We may be only 12 days intobut ib is already a very strong contender for worst book I read this year. The story of Mitnick’s hacking, his two and a half year evasion of the police and FBI and his subsequent trial is constantly engaging and occasionally exciting, filled with tips, quirky asides, and the occasional bit of jargon pitched just above my competence.